Exploratorium Pier? Oracle’s Throwing Punches, King/Queen of The Beercans

Today On The Bay, Friday, July 1

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Welcome to Today On The Bay for Friday, July 1st. Will the new Exploratorium location on Pier 15 have room for small boats? Find out why the Oracle Crew are swinging at each other, and how you can become the King or Queen of the Beercan Races.

We’re sponsored today by Kathy Lemke from Scarborough Insurance. Call 415-543-3733 ext 12, and Kathy will take care of your boat, home, car or health insurance needs. That’s Kathy Lemke, 415-543-3733 extension 12.

Sunrise 0551, Sunset 2035. The National Weather Service says sunny, highs in the upper 70’s, westerlies.

Out at the Gate, slack water at 0845, a 4 kt max flood at 1145, slack water at 1500, 2.5 kt max ebb at 1715, slack water at 2030.

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In Shipping News, the self loader Molat was the first in today at 0400, and is alongside in Richmond. She’s named after an island in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia. The Molat was followed by the Sun Right, who is in Oakland’s outer harbor.

The Hanjin Pittsburg is about 15 miles off the Golden Gate, on her way to Pittsburg, likely to the POSCO steel plant there. She’s 12 days out of South Korea.

The 970 foot long London Express is currently off Cambria, making 20 kts for Oakland. During the night she was passed by the 1,086 foot long CMA CGM Vivaldi… who’s a few miles north… going about a half knot faster.

The Exploratorium is building its new home on Piers 15 and 17 in the City.
The hands-on science museum was started by Frank Oppenheimer, brother of atomic bomb daddy Robert Oppenheimer. They’re budgeting $300 million on the place, which should be great. Except… no boat access. One of the Exploratorium press reps tells me the current plans call for a “Water Taxi” dock, but nothing for the rest of us. Anyone want to go to a planning commission meeting?

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Why is the Oracle Racing crew throwing punches at each other? Cross training. Team Oracle says the new AC45’s are so physical boxing is one of the ways they’re keeping in shape. Here’s one of their morning “warmup” exercises, described on their website:

The Hand Walk
With your legs straight put your hands on the floor.
Keeping your legs straight walk your hands out, then,
still keeping your legs straight, walk your feet back to your hands.
Repetitions: 8 to 10

I feel stronger just from reading that.

 

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Once upon a time Latitude 38 would post an informal challenge called “King Of The Beer Cans”. To be King – or Queen – you had to race in five consecutive beercan races – Monday thru Friday. This year there are only four weeks when the stars align for that to happen – the weeks of July 25th, August 22, September 5 and September 19. The schedule looks like this: Monday at the Bay View Boat Club, Tuesday at Sausalito, Wednesday at Oakland, Coyote Point, Sequoia, or Richmond, Thursday at Benicia, Friday at Berkeley or the Golden Gate. Whew. Your mojo would have to be workin’ to make all those.

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Today on the Bay was brought to you by Kathy Lemke from Scarborough Insurance. Call 415-543-3733 ext 12, and Kathy will take care of your boat, home, car or health insurance needs. That’s Kathy Lemke, 415-543-3733 extension 12.

That’s it for now. Good luck, goodbye, and if you’re out on the water, have a great day on San Francisco Bay.